To the Editor,
I READ WITH interest Keith Crain's column titled 'It won't work in California' (September 25 issue) and agree with all the points he made.
But the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has a big flaw in its legislation: All current electric production (and production-viable) vehicles draw their power from batteries, which are charged from the grid.
That is a wholly unsatisfactory solution environmentally.
Power stations are grossly inefficient and many still use fossil fuels. A pure electric vehicle is probably more polluting overall than a traditional small car with a gasoline engine - and much less convenient.
I believe that the realistic short- and medium-term future for CARB and others should be to promote the use of hybrid cars that mix gasoline and electric power.
The most polluting gasoline vehicles - such as delivery vans, taxis, buses and commuter cars -should all be replaced by hybrids.
But we should stay with the traditional internal combustion engine where it still has the advantage. The internal combustion engine can achieve higher speeds and is a better solution for long distance traveling.
Anyway, if electric vehicle technology is so good, why does my milkman have to freewheel his cart back to the depot on a flat battery every morning?